That. The damage is done and we know there are plenty of people who will simply make up any reason not to let go of the belief induced by the retracted papers. It's quite simple: well, he was threatened by the video game industry into retracting his awesome work.
What's left is to have people like Tim and us game lovers to call their bullshit to those who haven't been affected by severe stupidity and keep an watchful eye to prevent the stupid that reached Government from enacting stupidity into law.
This was already discussed here on TD. Parts of your Constitution were written in a way to include everybody.
"If you're not doing anything wrong why should one care"
This was also discussed and proven wrong here and elsewhere. You have plenty to fear even if you've done nothing. When the 'just metadata' discussion was in all heat it was shown how metadata alone can paint an entirely false picture of somebody.
"If someone wants to track me from day to day have at it, you're going to be bored out of your mind in about 3 days."
Or, if the person doesn't like you and has connections to the power, they can find suspicious places somewhere around places you go frequently (ie: a meth lab you are unaware of in the neighborhood you park your car to jog everyday) and screw you good. You wouldn't even know until the truck hit you :-)
I'm pretty much a law abiding citizen and even copyright infringement for personal use is not even a civil issue here (I have 'unauthorized' music on my phone). Technically I have nothing to hide in my phone. Technically. Even then I don't want somebody scrolling through my pictures, my private conversations and so on because they can. I want it locked shut behind encryption and good encryption while at it. I don't want cops browsing through the nudes I exchange for my privacy and for the other parties involved privacy. I don't want cops meddling with pictures from my family, reading conversations with my doctors and so on. There's plenty of reasons why a law abiding citizen would want strong privacy protections.
You misunderstand me, I don't think they are evil or bad and it's very good that the Gates are putting money that several hundred millions around the world don't have to good, social and useful goals. I just disagreed with positions and actions in the past (and I may possibly be mixing Microsoft, something Bill said and the Foundation). It's not that I hate them, I just take them with grains of salt.
And how would they make people use American developed encryption without turning dictator and mandating it while violating the Constitution in the process? (Not that violating the Constitution is an issue by the way but we still have to pretend we live in a democracy, no? Also, make America great again (tm)!!!!!).
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They don't. At best they'd be in the center which by definition has plenty of both sides. Or center-right because they do agree with plenty of free market ideas with regulation where free market fails.
But people seem to have extreme difficulty upgrading their view of the world.
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And considering I have yet to see anything even near the center in the US (there's the right and the fascist right, the latter has the power right now) it's actually rich when I see Americans yelling "socialist" at anyone there.
Charge a one time fee per day/month/year giving discounts for extended time frames. 10 queries or 1 million queries don't matter, the incremental cost should be negligible. And add a free tier for those who need specific cases once.
It's easy and the amount of money collected by now should be enough to update the system to very modern standards with efficient search functions. But hey, that's less sweet money getting into the system.
I have mixed feelings with the foundation but this is very, very nice indeed. It seems to be an effective remedy. If most research institutions or the ones that grant funds enact such rules then it will be the end of the tight, expensive grip the publishers exert at science. It's a huge win for humanity. A win I hope extends to all intellectual property.
I wonder, this is clearly an act of civil disobedience. Protest if you will. How would this fit into the CFAA? Could the administration twist already bad laws like the espionage act and prosecute the person even more aggressively than previous whistleblowers (even if it isn't really blowing the whistle)?
I hope TD keeps an eye on the developments of this case.
Maybe it's just me but I don't recall Ray Tomlinson suing people around or relying on self-promoting sites to get recognized as one of the key persons on the development of e-mail that's actually pretty much what we use today. Just a tip Mr Avadurai.